Xiaomi Mi Pad – a plastic iPad mini?

The Xiaomi Mi Pad is a Powerful Tablet clearly inspired by the iPad mini and the iPhone 5c.

Specs Xiaomi MiPad
CPUNvidia Tegra K1 Cortex A15 @ 2.2 GHz Quad Core
GPU: ULP Geforce Kepler (192 cores)
MemoryRAM: 2 GB LPDDR3
Micro SD Support up to 128 GB maximum
Display7.9 inch, IPS, Capacitive, 10 point Multitouch, glove mode
2048 x 1536 pixels, 326 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
OSAndroid 4.4.2 Kit Kat and customized MIUI V5 OS (English default)
R-Camera8.0 megapixel, 3264 x 2448 pixels, 1080p video at 30 fps, touch focus, autofocus, panorama, beauty shots
F-Camera5.0 megapixel
NetworkNot built in: support external 3G dongle: E1916, ZTE AC2736, HUAWEI E1750,
SensorsGyroscope, Accelerometer, Proximity, Ambient Light, E-Compass
GPSNo built in GPS Support
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.0 with HID, WiFi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n (Hotspot), Dual Band WiFi,
micro USB 2.0 (OTG)
FeaturesPlaystore, 1080p Playback, Flash 11 Support, HTML 5, supports glove mode
AudioMP3/WAV/AMR etc formats, Loudspeaker / 3.5 mm Audio Jack
ColorsBlack, Pink, White, Yellow, Blue, Green
Dimensions202.1 x 135.4 x 8.5 mm Weight: 360g
Batterybuilt in Li-on @ 6700mAh

Xiaomi MiPad (Updated Jan 6, 2016)
The 16 GB base version retails at $193
The 64 GB version retails at $283

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The Xiaomi Pad is a plastic version of the iPad Mini, it definitely tries hard to emulate everything about the iPad mini especially the new retina version. I don’t know if that will get Xiaomi in trouble but the Xiaomi Pad is cheaper and more powerful however you do have to consider the cheap plastic build. Aside from the iPad Mini copycat, Xiaomi Pad also draws its inspiration to the iPhone 5c, the shape, design as well as color selection are all pointing to the 5c lineup.

SpecsXiaomi Mi PadIpad Mini 2
Display7.9 inch, 2048 x 1536 pixels7.9 inch, 2048 x 1536 pixels
ProcessorNvidia Tegra K1 2.2 GHz Quad CoreDual Core A7 @ 1.3 GHz (64bit)
Memory2 GB RAM1 GB RAM
Storage16/64 GB
Micro SD up to 128 GB
16/32/64/128 GB
No Micro SD Support
Cameras8 mp rear (f2.0)
5 mp front (f2.0)
5.0 mp rear (f2.4)
1.2 mp front
ConnectivityWiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi onlyWiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, LTE

Underneath this plastic Mini is where the similarities apparently ends, the Xiaomi Pad is powered by the latest Nvidia Tegra K1 Soc clocked at 2.2 GHz Quad Core Processor with a ULP Geforce Kepler of about 192 cores. The K1 is Nvidia’s latest chipset to hit the market and showed great promised back in CES January. With the not so stellar performance of the Tegra 3, Nvidia promises to make the K1 one of the fastest and best gaming chipset in the market. The Tablet also comes with 2 GB LP DDR3 RAM and 16 GB internal Storage but is fortunately expandable up to 128 GB. Furthermore, earlier benchmarks on Antutu reveal a massive score 40000+ points which is really impressive and backing up what Nvidia has promised with the K1 as the new mobile gaming Soc.

The Xiaomi Pad runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat with MIUI V5 which resembles so much of iOs 7. Xiaomi apparently goes out on a limb to make sure it emulates everything the iPad mini does. Since the MIUI on the tablet looks uncannily similar to the iOs7 interface. It’s basically iOs 7 flavored on Android. Whether this is a good thing, depends entirely on the user preference.

In terms of Display, the Xiaomi Pad uses the same 7.9 inch Retina Display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, and roughly around 326 ppi (pixel per inch). As we have already known, retina display’s are one of the best in the business, and certainly on the Mi Pad, this is also the case. Other features include Glove mode, which allows the tablet touch screen to increase sensitivity and work with “gloves”. A handy feature on very cold regions.

The Mi Pad is also equipped with Dual Cameras, an 8.0 megapixel rear shooter with an F2.0 Aperture, surprisingly, the front 5.0 megapixel also has the same F2.0 Aperture. Both cameras are good but nothing stellar, however its one of the better tablet cameras available.

In terms of connectivity, unfortunately, there is no 3G or 4G capable models, only WiFi models. Which is a little disappointing since LTE or 4G is available on the iPad Mini, but on pricier models. The usual connectivity’s are available namely Bluetooth 4.0 with HID, Dual Band Wifi, WiFi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n. Unfortunately, there is no built in GPS on the Mi Pad.

Build, Design and Battery, the Mi Pad is a copycat, that’s basically it, it tries hard to emulate the iPad mini, the looks, design even the dimensions are similar except for the weight. Also the design scheme, color selection points to the iPhone 5c line ups. The Mi Pad is probably a mash up between the iPad mini and iPhone 5C. Wherein Design wise goes to the mini and build quality to the iPhone 5C. Although it tries so much to copy the Mini, in terms of build quality its mainly plastic, which in turn the edge goes to the iPad mini in terms of quality of materials. Furthermore, underneath is a decent 6700mAh battery and slightly larger than that of the mini. gives around a fair usage of 8 to 9 hours of light to moderate usage.

xiaomi mipad pic 2

Overall, Xiaomi’s Mi Pad is definitely one of the most powerful and popular tablets to hit the market. Eyeing on the iPad mini, the Mi Pad basically is the iPad mini in plastic and in Android. Although the new hardware gives a clear edge in performance, the mainly plastic build could be a head turner for some. The iPad mini was regarded for sleek, elegant and a premium tablet. The Mi Pad is powerful but does skip out on other aspects to make it really stand out. The lack of 3G or 4G models as of late is definitely disappointing but if you are in the market for the fastest and cheap tablet that works well, the Mi Pad is perfect for you

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Highlights of Xiaomi Mipad

  • Powered by the latest generation Nvidia Tegra K1 Processor
  • Equipped with ULP Geforce Kepler Graphics Soc
  • Comes with Android 4.4 KitKat with MIUI OS
  • Decent 8.0 megapixel Camera with F2.0 Aperture
  • Gorgeous Retina Display similar with the original
  • Same dimensions with the iPad mini
  • slightly larger battery than the mini at 6700mAh
  • Expandable storage up to 128 GB
  • Supports Dual Band WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0


  • No 3G or 4G models available
  • Wifi only models
  • Plastic build quality
  • No NFC Support
  • It tries too much to emulate iPad mini
  • No built in GPS
Xiaomi MiPad (Updated Jan 6, 2016)
The 16 GB base version retails at $193
The 64 GB version retails at $283

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